Fdr-the Greatest President

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Mrs. Norton English 9 22 February 2008 FDR: The Greatest President Who was the greatest president of the United States? There have been many great presidents in the history of the U.S. Many presidents have led our country through very trying times. Some people believe Lincoln was the greatest president. However, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt led our country at times when a great leader was needed. Franklin D. Roosevelt was the greatest president of the United States because of his New Deal, his great leadership skills, and his strong and deep connection to the people of the United States. President Roosevelt initiated the only program that could pull the U.S. out of the Great Depression. Roosevelt’s New Deal got the country…show more content…
He worked with and through his military advisors… and took an active role in choosing field commanders and in making decisions regarding wartime strategy” (FDR Presidential Library and Museum 3). A great leader should not only be able to take care of his country’s financial and domestic problems on the home front, he should be able to lead his country to victory during wartime. Roosevelt was obviously successful in both of these areas. As a result of his great leadership, Roosevelt is believed as the greatest president of all time. Another reason Roosevelt was the greatest president was he was loved by the people of the U.S. Most people who had never even seen or met Roosevelt loved him. Studs Terkel, a person who lived during the time of Roosevelt’s death, remembers, “I’m walking south along Michigan Boulevard and I can’t stop crying. Everybody is crying” (Baker 1). This shows the mutual sadness all people in the U.S. felt when President Roosevelt died. People on the streets, people who had never even seen Roosevelt, cried when he died. Roosevelt had caused such an impact on people’s lives; some people couldn’t even leave their houses. For example, Kevin Baker writes, “The radio went still for a time and carried no commercials for 4 days. Newspapers carried no advertisements. Buses, streetcars, automobiles stopped where they were. Movie theatres and grocery shops close” (Baker 2). Life seemed to stop with
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